Letter: Supporting equal marriage

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Richard Nixon writes that he has not renewed his membership of the Conservative Party because of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act (Letters, Crawley Observer, 18 August).

Whilst I don’t have a view on his choice of party membership, I do want to take issue with the totally unfounded claims he makes about the potential consequences of the Act.

The simple fact is that there is nothing in the legislation that could possibly bring about the changes to the law on bigamy, incest or the age of consent that Mr Nixon fears.

These concerns were tested to destruction during the passage of the Bill, particularly during the debates in the House of Lords that I participated in, and proven to be totally without foundation.

It is also worth noting that there were plenty of people who regard themselves as Christian who supported the legislation on the basis that it respected religious freedom and simply changed the law so that the state recognises all couples equally in civil marriage.

Who we love should not determine the rights we enjoy. I believe voters in Crawley as elsewhere support equal marriage, which is why every month that passes we see more countries choosing to legislate in favour of equality.

Waheed Alli, Lord Alli of Norbury, House of Lords, Westminster